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Is「誰も知っている」 grammatical? [duplicate]

The above was recovered from Quora. (A) 誰も知っている I think this is wrong and が should be added. (B) 誰もが知っている I cannot find a reputable source which explicitly says that A is wrong, but I've never ...
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全然 {ぜんぜん} with positive adjective / na-adjective

In Japanese classes, I was taught that 全然 can only be used with negative-meaning words/phrases/clauses, for example: 全然出来ません 全然だめです However, I've observed that, especially in spoken Japanese, ...
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The pitch accent of なんの意味もない

I am not sure what the accent of なんの意味もない would become. I would guess it would be な\んの・い\みも・な\い. Because なんの is な\んの by itself (see comments for this particular audio). In this audio, I think it ...
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どこでも vs. どこにでも vs. どこも

What is the the difference between どこでも vs. どこにでも vs. どこも? I thought どこでも was anywhere, どこにでも was everywhere, and どこも was also everywhere... but then I didn't know what the difference would be between ...
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How does 一回だって in this sentence mean "not even once" when there's no negative?

I came across this sentence watching March Comes In Like a Lion. I'll transcribe it to the best of my ability: (here's the episode though, and the quote happens at 5:46) 僕【ぼく】は遠慮【えんりょ】することにばかり気【き】...
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why the まったく in the sentence implies negative, instead of positive

「道歩いてんのに人影がまったくね..」 In the manga, the quoted sentence above is shown with an image of deserted road, and I guess the meaning should be something like this: 「I'm walking down the road, but not a ...
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Is it impolite to reply to an apology with 別に?

I was watching an anime. A boy is in a hurry and he's running, and ends up accidentally hitting a girl. He inmediately apologizes and says 大-大変申し訳ございません! He looks very nervous while speaking. The ...
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How to use ~でも and ~も?

I have looked up 誰 in the dictionary, and found that both 誰も 誰でも can mean everyone and everybody. If there is a difference between them, what is the correct way to use each of them? It is not ...
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What is the meaning of 一切気にかけようともなさらない in this sentence?

I am trying to understand the sentence 人の批難など一切気にかけようともなさらない。However, I have not been able to parse かけようとも into any words and particles I can identify or find in a dictionary. So I want to know 1) ...
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What is the nuanced function of 何ひとつ in a negated sentence?

I'm translating the following sentence, and am stumped on how to translate 何ひとつ in a negated sentence. 名前も、家族も、友人も……何ひとつ思い出せません。 my name, my family, my friends...I cannot remember x. I know ...
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めったに without a negative?

The context is the following: The characters are watching TV and they give an interview to a guy that is over 40 and never had a lover. One of the characters watching exclaims this. As far I'm aware ...
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How to understand い adjective + ある? What is ある doing here

強いもなにもあるもんか From this panel: I originally read this phrase as meaning something like "There's no way you are strong or anything at all!" but then I noticed that there is ある in the phrase ...
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How to interpret 全然 + positive adjective + とは思わない

As explained in this question, I know that 全然 used with positive adjective means "completely, entirely", while when it is used with negative adjectives/verbs it means "not at all, absolutely not". ...
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Does 決して always mean "never" even if the verb is negative?

So I saw this on chat on a gacha game I'm playing. 正式触媒も無くかの刀匠を引き当てるほどの奇跡を 忘れることなど決して My understanding of this. "It was a miracle for me to summon her without an official catalyst, I'll never ...
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“But when I do..”

私のお国にコンビニがある。 でも、めったに買い物に行かない。 すると、たったの要点しかが買い物に行く。 I’m struggling with a couple of things trying to say: “My country has convenience stores. But, I rarely visit them. And when I do, I only go to buy ...
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